Saturday, June 16, 2012


JUST FOR MIKE – Special Musical Benefits for Mike MacDonald
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON

Monday, June 25; 7-11 pm

Line-up at the Rainbow:

Alice Groves & her World Jazz Folk Fusion Ensemble, Natalia & Montuno (with Kurt Walther and Tony Cook the former guitarist for Ottawa's Octavian), Shot in the Dark Ross Paul MacCrae's Spectacular New Classic Rock Group (Ross was Les Emmerson's hot Guitar player in the Hitmen for more than 10 years), also Jazz /Blues Combo, Brown, Grooves & Reyes, Capital B and the Lyin' Bastards (With Steve Lund from Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo as special Guest Percussionist) and to complete this fantastic night, Jed (The Rocket) Rached and his Fat City 8.

Also: Zeek Gross (highly-respected former Sax player for the Tony D Band) will attend towards the end of the evening as well as other great Sax players like Bob Johnson and Brad Summerfield, Rick Rango Trumpet and possibly, if his schedule allows, a special appearance by Johnny Vegas (Mike’s younger brother).

Pro Stand-up Comic Skip Philipps will entertain and harass the audience between bands.

ALL Proceeds to Canadian Stand-up Comic Legend Mike Allan MacDonald

Brian has organized this benefit because Mike Allan MacDonald has been his friend for forty years. Back in '71 & '72, they toured in a band called Mapleridge and played the NAC together when it was brand new.  Mike lost his liver function after receiving the wrong meds from a doctor while on a comedy tour. He's now back in Ottawa, in desperate need of a liver donor to provide him a chance to live.  Brian hopes that these benefits will do more than raise just money … that they will keep Mike’s plight in the public eye and increase his chances of getting a suitable donor (Type 'O' negative).

Steve's Music Store Ottawa & St. John's Music Store have each contributed two $50 Gift Certificates to be raffled, and at each venue there will be a Door Prize draw for five 11 x 17 inch full colour posters which have been personally autographed by Mike MacDonald.

Anyone who is unable to attend but wishes to help Mike by making a contribution may send a cheque or money order to: 

Brian McPhillips, 520 Bronson Ave, Apt # 511, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 7Y9.  Please make cheque or money order out to Mike Allan MacDonald.  And on behalf of Mike, thank you.

For more info, please contact benefit organizer ‘Capital B’ Brian McPhillips on Facebook or by email:

[Message forwarded from the Ottawa Blues Society]


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